Institute for Corean-American Studies





Rudy deLeon

Rudy deLeon is the Senior Vice President of National Security and International Policy at American Progress in Washington, DC. Rudy serves on several non-profit boards and is a part-time college instructor. He is also a former senior U.S. Department of Defense official, staff director on Capitol Hill, and retired corporate executive. For five years, beginning in 2001, Rudy served as a senior vice president for the Boeing Company

Rudy's twenty-five year government career concluded in 2001 after his tenure as Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council and the National Partnership Council. In earlier Pentagon assignments, he served as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (1997-2000), and as Under Secretary of the Air Force (19941997). Rudy was nominated for these positions by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

From November 1985 through 1993, Rudy served on the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives as a member of the professional staff and as staff director. In 1986, he participated in the debate and passage of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which made fundamental changes in military organization and operations.

Rudy began his career in the federal government in 1975, holding various staff positions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1974. In 1984, he completed the Executive Program in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rudy received the Defense Civilian Distinguished Service Award in 1994, 1995 and 2001, and received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2001. He was recognized by the National League of POW-MIA Families in 1999 and by the National Military Families Association in 2000.



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2009 Spring Symposium
The Role of the United States in Asia





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